Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday News


Motorized Wheelchair

Motorized Wheelchair 

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 

A front wheel drive chair
with a "captain's chair" seat.
A motorized wheelchair, powerchair, electric wheelchair or electric-powered wheelchair (EPW) is a wheelchair that is propelled by means of an electric motor rather than manual power. Motorized wheelchairs are useful for those unable to propel a manual wheelchair or who may need to use a wheelchair for distances or over terrain which would be fatiguing in a manual wheelchair. They may also be used not just by people with 'traditional' mobility impairments, but also by people with cardiovascular and fatigue based conditions.


The electric-powered wheelchair was invented by George Klein who worked for the National Research Council of Canada, to assist injured veterans after World War II.


Motorized Wheelchair - Video

SSTattler: Below we will show to you only 2 of 8 models at The Power Chair Comparison; if you want to find more information look at goldpictures. We will show the video as well - Speed, Elevate Recline, Batteries, Curbs & Obstacles, Codes & Funding (USA), Vehicles Safety, What Do You Think?, and Thoughts & Ideas.

The Power Chair Comparison

Episode 1 - Power Wheelchair Comparison 

Uploaded on Dec 26, 2010

Gold Pictures and The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation are proud to announce the premiere of The Power Wheelchair Comparison Web Series. This in-depth comparison video web series takes a detailed look at 8 of the top power wheelchairs on the market today. The chairs featured in this comparison were required to have the ability to tilt, elevate and recline. In the video you will see real wheelchair users try out Permobil's C300 & C350, 21st Century Scientific's Bounder Plus, Pride's Quantum 6000z, OttoBock's B-600, Innovation in Motion's X5-Frontier, Sun Medical's Quickie S-636, and Invacare's TDX-SR! More videos will continue to roll out in the following weeks with exclusive looks at each of these amazing chairs. This web series promises to be the most current, informative and entertaining wheelchair comparison available today! Be sure to tune and keep coming back for more episodes. A PDF comparison chart will be made available for your download when the series concludes.

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Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2008-08-03

"He flew a Lancaster, ..."
Scott Adams - 2013-09-26

"I got your stupid Email..."

Jim Davis - 2013-09-27

"How's my fuzzy wuzzy rubby bubby??"

Delainey & Rasmussen - 2013-09-27

"...not having a home phone makes me uneasy."

*For Better and For Worse" is a serious topic of stroke but with a very nice cartoons. It is all about Grandpa Jim had a stroke and 88 further cartoon "strips" that happened to Grandpa Jim. See as well 
 the cartoonist Lynn Johnston.
** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using and
*** Changed from "Pickles" to "Betty" -- "Betty" is a excellent cartoon and Gary Delainey & Gerry Rasmussen are authors/artists/cartoon-strips and they live in Edmonton.

Eclectic Stuff

Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.


Amy Shissler
My Cerebellar Stroke Recovery
Jun 25, 2013

I was at OT today and saw something really upsetting.  A guy was pushing an old woman in a wheelchair and came upon a little curb.  Not a full curb, just a little one.  So the guy didn’t re-adjust the wheelchair or try to lift it, he probably didn’t think that he needed to.  The wheelchair tipped forward when it hit the curb and the woman almost fell out.  I haven’t written anything about using wheelchairs because I’ve been EXTREMELY lucky and didn’t need one after a couple of months.  I really don’t know how long I used one, I can’t remember.  So I haven’t thought about wheelchairs in quite a long time.  Well I thought about wheelchairs today.

A Brace Man Gives Me Confidence

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
October 4, 2011

When a stroke survivor said "I'm vertical for one more day" I remembered how hard it was to steer a wheelchair with one hand and one foot on linoleum.  I'm grateful that I'm not pushing a wheelchair across carpeting at home.  I'm also grateful that no one has to put a wheelchair in the trunk of their car when I go out.  My grandmother didn't know how to drive so she spent a lot of time at home, but American women my age grew up owning their own car.  I get depressed if I spend several days inside.  When my five year old leg brace needed to be replaced I was glad I have easy access to an orthotist.

Choosing an Attitude

Barb Polan
Barb's Recovery
11th February, 2013

Amy of the mycerebellarstrokerecovery blog recently wrote about becoming happy in her post-stroke life, about jettisoning those things/people who don’t contribute to her happiness. That got me thinking: When the stroke struck me, I remained conscious throughout and was aware of the facts ER and MGH personnel communicated, but I never felt afraid. In addition to being quiet, unemotional and introspective, along with having slurred speech, I had an inability to focus on anything that mattered – like having had a stroke. For example, my dinner tray would arrive at my bedside in rehab and absorb all of my attention, distracting me from my family or whatever visitors I had. Friends might drive an hour or more to visit, wheel me into the hospital’s sunroom, and then when we finished discussing one topic, I would turn my wheelchair around and start to leave the room; someone – usually Tom - would tell me that I should stay because the visitors were not planning to leave yet, and then turn my chair around and push me back to the visitors, which I imagine now was awkward for everyone. But I was too zoned out to be aware of all things at once: the Zakim Bridge outside the sunroom windows, trying to not slump in my wheelchair, following the conversation, wondering how things were going at work, trying to get my hand to function, and hearing a woman crying out in garbled speech, etc.

Rights of Passage

Marcelle Greene
Up Stroke
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I just finished listening to an audio book set in 1969. The main character’s brother returns home from Vietnam missing both legs. As he goes store to store in his wheelchair looking for a civilian job, not only will no one hire him – he has to struggle with curbs, stairways and narrow doors.

I used a wheelchair for the first few months after my stroke. On one errand my husband parked our car in a handicapped spot, pushed me along the blue walkway up a ramp in the curb, and through the store’s automated doors. Somewhere along the way he said, "Thank God for the Americans with Disabilities Act."

Anger Management

Pamela Hsieh
Rehab Revolution
02 April 2013

My mom told me this story one day, and at the time it really upset me. I thought I’d share it with you so that if it ever happens to you (and it very well may -- because it definitely manifests in many forms), you might see it differently than you otherwise would.

My mother had spinal cord surgery back in 2001 (yup, just a couple years before I had brain surgery if you can believe it), and it was not a successful operation. She had had some work done to the top two vertebrae in her neck, the C1 and C2, in hopes of fixing a pinched nerve issue she was having in her arms, which were frequently experiencing bouts of numbness. Because of her unsuccessful operation, her physical condition has deteriorated over time, resulting in all four limbs going numb sometimes now, which leads to dropping things or becoming very fatigued very easily.

Evaluation of an Intelligent Wheelchair System for Older Adults With Cognitive Impairments

Dean Reinke
Deans' Stroke Musing
Thursday, August 8, 2013

But can you get to play bumper cars with them?  You will need to ask your PT for a picture.

Abstract (provisional)


Older adults are the most prevalent wheelchair users in Canada. Yet, cognitive impairments may prevent an older adult from being allowed to use a powered wheelchair due to safety and usability concerns. To address this issue, an add-on Intelligent Wheelchair System (IWS) was developed to help older adults with cognitive impairments drive a powered wheelchair safely and effectively. When attached to a powered wheelchair, the IWS adds a vision-based anti-collision feature that prevents the wheelchair from hitting obstacles and a navigation assistance feature that plays audio prompts to help users manoeuvre around obstacles.


The Man Without A Nose

The Pink House On The Corner
Monday, June 11, 2012

This morning, I woke up in the middle of a bad dream. Which is not so much a "waking up" as being jolted, rocketed out of your sleep and, heart pounding, lurched into consciousness.

In the dream, I had just gotten married and was quite happy. I was following my newly betrothed down a pathway near the seaside, when he turned, grabbed my hand and began to tell me how very much he loved me. When I looked up at this man, this dream stranger, I was horrified to see that he didn't have a nose!

As I finished typing that last sentence, honestly, I laughed out loud, because it seems quite absurd. But I wasn't laughing in the dream. I was horrified and panicked. I couldn't believe that my new husband did not have a nose and that I, somehow, had never noticed this flaw before! In fact, not only did he not have a nose, in the place where a nose should be--was a gaping pink hole. The edges of this nose hole were jagged skin flaps, that undulated like octopus tentacles with each word he spoke.

And that's when I woke up in a heart pounding panic.

Getting Out

Rocky Mountain Stroke Survivor
February 16, 2013

It took all day to get two simple tests and escape.  I’m having trouble writing about this.  On Wednesday I had gone from doctor to patient.  I’d had terrifying news.  I hadn’t slept all night and desperately wanted to be home with my family.  And then I spent the whole day waiting for an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of my heart) and an MRA (an MRI of the arteries of my neck).  Each test only took a few minutes.

The echo tech told me that every patient on the floor got an echo, often repeat echos when one doctor apparently hadn’t reviewed an echo ordered previously by another doctor in thick hospital charts, and almost every one was normal.  She wondered if they were doing it just because it was another test to bill.  That was really demoralizing for me because I was kind of wondering the same thing.  I’d already had a CTA, was an MRA really necessary?  When I had asked why I needed the echo, I’d gotten a different answer from every doctor.  First neurologist: to find out why you had a stroke.  Second neurologist: because it’s a good idea.  Hospitalist: to make sure you don’t have peripartum cardiomyopathy (flat out stupid answer because I had no signs or symptoms of it and was seven months postpartum).  Nurse: it’s protocol.

Aphasia Advocate's Story

Jeff Porter
Stroke of Faith
Thursday, October 11, 2012

I'll never forget one stroke story I heard some years ago - long before my own stroke.

The newspaper editor was at a meeting and was leaving when he turned and spoke to someone. He - and everyone else within earshot - heard nothing but gibberish. Classic aphasia for a stroke patient.

My good old Google alert found a story of another stroke survivor recovering from aphasia:
The first month after my stroke I was told I would never walk again or be able to use my left arm. I sat in my wheelchair and cried. Today, I would say I am 99 percent of the woman I was before my stroke due to the therapy I was able to receive. Because of that, it’s important that I stand and fight to help others just like me.
Click on the link and read her entire story, but one phrase stands out for me - "due to the therapy I was able to receive."

In my own recovery, I'm convinced that speech therapy was an important part of bringing back my abilities to read, write and speak. So if you've recovered some abilities - even if it's below her 99 percent - look for ways to support others who are in their own struggle. You can make a serious difference in someone's life.

See the original article:

2013 Plumber of the Year Awards - Final

Monty Becker
Strroke Survivors Tattler

Tough to decide!

1) How does this even get past the planning phase?

I'm not Drunk, "Retarded", or Mentally Unstable

Peter G. Levine
Stronger After Stroke Blog
Friday, September 20, 2013

Its a pretty simple calculus: If you don't use it you lose it. But there's a corollary: If you don't try it you can't possibly gain it. For example, if you use an AFO to walk during the early days after stroke, you'll not easily not use the thing again.

And if I choose not to play violin- an instrument I've never played- I'll not get better at violin. So, both learning for anyone and relearning after stroke involves taking your brain where learning happens) out of your brain's comfort zone.

Sunday Stroke Survival ~ One Side Neglect- The Twist and Fatigue

Jo Murphey
The Murphey Saga
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Just after my stroke, I was made aware of one side neglect. This came about when wheeling myself from therapy back to my room and I pinned my arm between the wheelchair and the wall.

Now I am luckier than most. I lost sensation in just a few places.Yes, I can finally say this and mean it. My right side of my face still feels like there is Novocaine still injected in it, the outer portion of my thigh still has no feeling, and the bowel/bladder perception is still gone, but I am luckier than most who survive a stroke that have lost it all.

The Wheels of Life

Yep, it is true !!

The Green Machine & The Leaking Air Conditioner

The Pink House On The Corner
Friday, September 20, 2013

Last Saturday, Chris came by to sit with Bob so I could do my usual running around, which means running to pharmacies to track down Bob's pain patches, and then to the bank, gas station, grocery store and I also wanted to stop by another store to look for some clothes as I'm supposed to dress "business casual" for this deposition and for the last three years I've been living "casual casual" and when I went to my closet to see what I had for "business casual" nothing fit because GA! I've gained weight. And how the hell did that happen?

So I get to the pharmacy and when I come out, The Green Machine starts giving me trouble. She just won't start. Now, she has given me this trouble before, but usually it's just a fluke and then she magically cures herself and off we go. But here I am in the parking lot of the pharmacy with ten thousand things to do and I'm trying to start her and all she does is roo roo roo, then clunk. Finally, I get her going, and head to the next place, which is a Walmart, and I try on some clothes, but everything looks terrible and good grief, when did I get so fat? and old? and why do they have such bright darn lights in these fitting rooms that make everyone look older and fatter and I leave and again The Green Machine goes roo rooo roooo, clunk. But she starts on the second try.

Feed the Meter

Rocky Mountain Stroke Survivor
September 21, 2013

I’m struggling with how to express my thoughts.

I wish I was keeping up with my blog.  I wish I was keeping up with relatives and friends.  I wish I could adequately thank the Stroke Center for all they’ve done for me.  I wish I didn’t always feel so far behind.

Every day I get 100 tokens.  It takes 1 token an hour to survive (asleep in bed).  It takes about 25 tokens an hour to go to church or physical therapy or go to a potluck or drive a car (or ride a bus or bike or even ride in a car…moving vehicles are not my thing) .  It takes about 20 tokens an hour to go to work.  It takes about 10 tokens an hour to shower or brush my hair or do other self-care or to do low-grade stuff with my kids (facilitate them doing artwork, watch while they play, put them to bed, read them a story).  It takes 5 tokens an hour to eat.  It takes 2 tokens an hour to lie on the couch doing nothing.

Superior Speech Therapy for Children and Adults is Like Making a Cake

September 25, 2013

We talk about experiences in life; when young we speak about our teachers, friends, girl, or boyfriends.  When we marry and work, it's our boss, wife, husband, kids, and neighbors that are discussed.

Our current interests are topics for conversation.  Many people who undergo rehabilitative therapy talk about their therapist or the clinical result.  It is common to hear patients at the hospital speak of their experiences in speech therapy.  People also report their speech therapy experiences in social media such as Facebook.

One of the conversations is the "Therapy didn't work for me," where it is insinuated that it was the therapy that didn't work.  Often that is the end of  therapy for some; "I tried therapy and it didn't work."  Sometimes a statement like that puts the blame squarely on the therapy.

Gladwell ...Solipsistic Talk Ever at a Google Zeitgeist

Published on Sep 16, 2013

Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. His 1999 profile of Ron Popeil won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.

Malcolm T. Gladwell, CM (born September 3, 1963) is a Canadian journalist, bestselling author, and speaker. He is currently based in New York City and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has written four books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), a collection of his journalism. All four books were New York Times Bestsellers.

Gladwell's books and articles often deal with the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences and make frequent and extended use of academic work, particularly in the areas of sociology, psychology, and social psychology. Gladwell was appointed to the Order of Canada on June 30, 2011.

Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England to Joyce, Jamaican-born psychotherapist, and Graham Gladwell, a British mathematics professor. Gladwell has said that his mother is his role model as a writer. When he was six his family moved to Elmira, Ontario, Canada.

Gladwell’s father noted that Malcolm was an unusually single-minded and ambitious boy.

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Dying to be Heard for Mesothelioma Awareness Day

2013 Sep 11
Posted by Heather Von St. James

Dying to be Heard is a statement that perfectly illustrates what is happening to mesothelioma victims.

Each year, 3,000 new people are diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer. Of those 3,000 victims, only a small percentage will live to celebrate 5 years of survival. Most live a mere 10 months past diagnosis and, during those 10 arduous months, they are dying to have their voices heard—by asbestos companies, medical research organizations, potential victims, and those who don’t know about this disease. Mesothelioma is a completely preventable disease, yet asbestos is still not banned in the US.

RMR: Rick at the Celtic Colours Festival

Uploaded on Nov 17, 2010

Rick visits Cape Breton, NS for a celebration of all things Celtic.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Saturday News


Mobility Scooter

Mobility Scooter 

      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 

Two people using mobility scooters.
A mobility scooter is a mobility aid equivalent to a wheelchair but configured like a motorscooter. It is often referred to as a power-operated vehicle/scooter or electric scooter as well.


A mobility scooter has a seat over three, four or now five wheels, a flat area or foot plates for the feet, and handlebars in front to turn one, two or three steerable wheels. The seat may swivel to allow access when the front is blocked by the handlebars. Mobility scooters are usually battery powered. A battery or two is stored on board the scooter and is charged via an onboard or separate battery charger unit from standard electric power. Gasoline-powered scooters may also available in some countries, though they are rapidly being replaced by electric models.

Mobility Scooter - Video

Travel (Basic) Model (include how to pack it)

Freerider of Luggie Folding and Travel Mobility Scooter 

Uploaded on Jan 24, 2010

The intelligent Luggie is a revolutionary unit of the worlds lightest and direct folding personal scooter.

Why not experience the comfort and convenience of riding Luggie in your daily journey. Specially equipped with an easy operation tiller for moving forward and backward by just gently pressing wigwag. Luggie was designed to effectively enhance the mobility and flexibility. Even in the narrow of corner or inside of elevator, you can ride Luggie without obstruction.

So whether youre going shopping, attending exhibition or waiting for departure at airport, the Luggie will make you a pleasant and tireless day. Moreover, Luggie could be able to satisfy of all industries whether individual use or business application.

Light weight, easy carry, direct folding design and less occupation of space are the high-tech features which meet your best satisfactions. With Luggie, you will experience a truly comfortable journey no matter where you go.

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Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2008-07-31

"...had a nice break from caregiving."
Scott Adams - 2013-09-17

"I'm starting a new business as a professional liar."

Jim Davis - 2013-09-16

"Let's take a moment to ponder life!"

Delainey & Rasmussen - 2013-09-16

"My ladies soccer team is looking for a new coach..."

*For Better and For Worse" is a serious topic of stroke but with a very nice cartoons. It is all about Grandpa Jim had a stroke and 88 further cartoon "strips" that happened to Grandpa Jim. See as well 
 the cartoonist Lynn Johnston.
** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using and
*** Changed from "Pickles" to "Betty" -- "Betty" is a excellent cartoon and Gary Delainey & Gerry Rasmussen are authors/artists/cartoon-strips and they live in Edmonton.

Eclectic Stuff

Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Carpe Diem

Marcelle Greene
Up Stroke
Monday, June 24, 2013

When I realized I wouldn't be able to ride a bicycle during our upcoming vacation in France, my husband searched the Internet and found the TravelScoot, a collapsible electric tricycle. Problem solved, I thought. When my fellow travellers take their bikes off the canal boat to cycle into the nearest village, I'll be able to join them. But further research revealed that the TravelScoot relies on hand brakes — one for each rear tire — and I can't operate a hand brake with my affected hand.

How about a tandem bike? An adult tricycle? Neither is available for rent. I reconciled myself to quiet hours alone on the boat.

[SpiritSeptember] Repost: Keeping It Clean

Pamela Hsieh
Rehab Revolution
09 September 2013

Greetings from Texas! I'm in the middle of some really powerful and inspiring leadership training here, so as I mentioned previously, I don't have the time to write. However, this morning when I discovered an oil stain on my Lululemon hot yoga sticky mat (had a bit of a toiletry spill in my luggage), I found this article and thought it could be helpful to any of you out there who also practice yoga. I found this article on, and it was written by a yoga instructor named Lauren Rudick.

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Neurogenesis in the Brain:
       A Talk by Professor Richard Faull

Sunday, September 15, 2013

You will need to see if your medical staff understands this and what they are doing to incorporate this knowledge into your stroke protocol. How the hell else are they going to get you to 100% recovery?

SSTattler: This is an excellent TED Talks!

In this TEDxTalk, Professor Richard Faull talks about his research into neurogenesis in the brain. When the brain matures it doesn’t produce new neurons – at least that used to be a central dogma of neuroscience.  Professor Faull’s research initially into people with Huntington’s Disease and then into models of neurogenesis uncovered a neurogenesis pathway in the brain. His team located the origin of the stem cells that gave rise to the new neurons. This knowledge also had many practical applications. Stimulation and exercise promote this neurogenesis and fit in with our understanding of such activities from other areas of research.

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Talking and Feeling Better

Mark A. Ittleman
The Teaching of  Talking
August 25, 2013

Being halting in speech is not fun for anyone. It is frustrating to want to speak, attempt, and not be able to express oneself completely. The act of talking is smooth and effortless for most of us. Wanting to talk and express oneself, and being thwarted in attempts to speak is frustrating and often causes anger, frustration, and wanting to give up or cease communication entirely.

When children or adults are receiving speech and language stimulation that helps them speak, the anger, frustration and desire to give up diminishes and is soon replaced by a keen desire and motivation to speak. The caregiver who knows how to stimulate speech and language and has been doing so each and every day at home provides an easier way to learn how to speak again, and uses many daily activities as opportunities to stimulate language. If done on a consistent basis by the speech language pathologist, parent, or caregiver, a speaking pattern or “habit” may soon develop that is paired with a specific activity. An example of this would be: ”I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m ready for bed, No thank you, Let’s go, etc.”


Grace Carpenter
My Happy Stroke
Thursday, September 12, 2013

Yesterday I was trying to hold my water glass with my affected arm at dinner time.

Maybe it was a slip of concentration. Maybe there was  a bit of water on the outside of the glass, making it slippery. Maybe it just was one of those things that could have happened to anyone.

As my hand was inching up to my mouth, the glass slipped onto the table with a loud bang. There was also the noise of splashing water everywhere--the table, my plate, the floor.

Miyoko Shida - The Power of Mind and Concentration

Monty Becker
Stroke Survivors Tattler
Published on May 20, 2013

The mind is a mysterious thing. The mind and the potential power it has to effect changes in the world has fascinated scholars and shamen alike for centuries. Our fascination with the power of mind has not been diminished in modern times. For most of us, the thing we call mind is a manifestation of brain processes. It is not something that can be cut out or held in our hands. Rather, mind is at the center of our consciousness. It is an emergent quality that produces our thoughts, perceptions, and emotions. Without a living brain, the concept of mind has little meaning. Thus, much of our curiosity about the mind is directed toward the workings of the brain.

We are fascinated by extraordinary abilities tied to the brain. We stand in awe of people who can do complex math in their head or remember in minute detail a scene that that they only briefly glimpsed. But, our curiosity goes beyond such abilities. We even wonder whether there are mind-based abilities that do not conform to our current understanding of cause and effect. Questions that border on the mystical are common.

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'Polypill' Approach Might Help in Stroke Prevention

Jeff Porter
Stroke of Faith
Thursday, September 12, 2013

I don't take many pills and grateful for that. Still, I forget one from time to time. I could see that for someone with a more complicated medication schedule, it's more critical to stay on schedule. I managed my mother's medications for a couple of years and, to a degree, can understand the concern.

Ran across an interesting story about the "polypill" approach - multiple heart disease medications rolled into one dose, and how
heart patients more likely to take medication when in single pill:
One study shows that a number of stroke patients stop taking their pills within three months after having a stroke. A new study in Britain finds that if patients with heart disease can take a single pill instead of several pills, they are more likely to stay on their medication.
Of  course, stroke patients who stop taking their pills generally have a higher stroke risk. So perhaps the polypill will help prevent more strokes. And for an individual, one is too many.

© The Voice of America

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Bathing When I Travel

Home After a Stroke
September 15, 2013

My life was recently disrupted by a water main break.  Here is a photo of the dirty water that came through my pipes after the broken valve was replaced and the water was turned back on.  Thank God I was able to drive to the store to buy bottled water. Thank God for my friend Barbara who has a bathroom on the first floor.  In addition to the glorious feeling of being clean after a shower I enjoyed washing my hands by simply turning the faucet handle.

Finally, Surgery

Saturday, September 14, 2013
The Pink House On The Corner

Yesterday, Bob had his second foot surgery and what a relief to have this over with and done. And yes, yesterday was Friday the 13th. Perhaps not the most auspicious day for surgery, but it was the first opening they had available and I snatched it up.

The surgery center was deadly quiet that day... I wonder why? ha! The doctor was the same as the last surgery but we had a different, nicer anesthesiologist who didn't scare me half to death like the last one.

I hate to say, the nurse was another story. When she found out that Bob had to be lifted from the wheelchair to the bed, she blew a head gasket. Told me that we shouldn't even be there and if we ever, ever come back again, I will have to bring Bob there on an ambulance so that paramedics could transfer him from an ambulance stretcher to the bed. Because it's too much work for them to lift him from the wheelchair into bed!

X-ray of Bob's foot after first surgery. And yes, that screw is permanent. And why does this look like the Dark Ages?
Believe me, when I first saw this, I just couldn't believe it...  OK, maybe it's just me --- but a big ol' screw? yikes